Piece "En(cross)island" is displayed in the Bahiana

The monologue has a text and performance by the artist Leno Sacramento and brings out institutional racism.


“Death invades us, exterminates us and puts us on a cross with open arms. It leaves us with no choice, no option. It tears us apart and slaughters us little by little, taking us to a crossroads”. As described in the excerpt taken from the synopsis of the play "Cross island”, with text and performance by Leno Sacramento. At all times, the human being is led to various forms of death, whether social, financial, aesthetic or psychological. On the other hand, just as the individual can be the victim, he can also lead to the death of someone else. From this perspective, the monologue “En(Cruz)Ilhada” was presented in two exhibitions on the Campus Cabula da Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, on October 17th.

The actor and interpreter of the production uses, as references for the staging, experiences that cover themes such as racism, violence, prejudice, social and financial exclusion, within the Brazilian context. Therefore, he ponders that "it is exciting to observe students and health professionals recognizing themselves, on certain occasions, as conductors of the social death of other people through institutional racism, for example". For Leno Sacramento, “bringing this spectacle to the university environment is also a way to humanize future healthcare professionals and, consequently, make Brazil a better country”.

The People Development manager, Luiza Ribeiro, was in charge of the initiative and mediated the discussions at the end of the exhibition. The chat featured fruitful and enthusiastic contributions from the audience. The manager explains that “the objective, as in the first semester, was to continue a reflection that is part of our humanized training, above all, that respects the differences between people”. Luiza Ribeiro explains that the message that the play conveyed helped to sensitize students about racial discrimination, which is rooted in culture: “Leno Sacramento is a great actor and, through this text, which is a silent monologue, he manages to translate many feelings, teaching not through reason, but through emotion, as it is given the opportunity to practice empathy and thus understand the reality of the other”.

Students Leonardo Magalhães and Marlon Santos, both from the third semester of the Medicine course at Bahiana, approved the initiative. “The play portrays a completely different reality from mine and, therefore, it is essential that I reflect, mainly because it is in the health area, as I need to incorporate this vision into my professional practice”, concludes Leonardo. Marlon Santos understands that the production sensitized him even more because he was black and experienced, not directly, as occurs with other blacks, but also perceived racism: "The context of the black population in the country is something that shocks me a lot , and the health professional needs to assist anyone with humanity, regardless of whether they are black, white or brown”.